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Cities are for Wildlife: An Interview with Camilla Fox, Founder and Executive Director of Project Coyote

By |March 23rd, 2015|Categories: Coexisting with Wildlife, Interviews|

Camilla H. Fox is the founder and executive director of Project Coyote- a national coalition of scientists, educator, predator friendly ranchers and citizen leaders promoting compassionate conservation and coexistence between people and wildlife through education, science, and advocacy. With 20 years of experience working on behalf of wildlife and wildlands and a Masters degree in wildlife ecology, policy, and conservation, Camilla’s work has been featured in several films and the New York Times, the BBC, NPR, Orion, and USA Today magazine. A frequent speaker and blogger on these issues, Camilla has authored more than 70 publications and is co-author of Coyotes in Our Midst: Coexisting with an Adaptable and Resilient Carnivore, co-editor and lead author of the book, Cull of the Wild: A Contemporary Analysis of Trapping in the United States and [...]

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Complex Backyard Jungles: An Interview with Zara McDonald, Founder of Felidae

By |March 23rd, 2015|Categories: Coexisting with Wildlife, Interviews|

Post by Tim Beatley and Carla Jones Zara McDonald is the Founder and President of Felidae Conservation Fund. She is an entrepreneur, conservationist, and vet technician, and has journeyed throughout four continents working on behalf of wild felid research and conservation since 2002. Zara has worked extensively in all areas of felid research, tracking and conservation. A certified capture specialist she has worked on four mountain lion research projects since 2003. Zara directs the Bay Area Puma Project, a cutting edge mountain lion research, conservation and education program in the San Francisco Bay Area region. She gives 20 "Living with Mountain Lions" lectures per year, touching on the complexities of felid persistence in human dominated landscapes and near urban areas of increasing human activity. During [...]

Humane Co-existence in the Biophilic City

By |March 5th, 2015|Categories: Biophilic Cities, Coexisting with Wildlife|

Post written by Tim Beatley I think one important litmus test for a biophilic city might be the extent to which it commits to finding ways to effectively and humanely co-exist with other forms of life. It is remarkable to think that one could live in a metropolis like San Francisco where it might be possible to catch a glimpse of such a wild and majestic creature as a mountain lion. I write this as an east-coaster, living in a highly altered ecosystem that once was home to mountain lions as well. There are the ghosts of these creatures living amongst us I am convinced, as every so often (not that infrequently) someone will report a sighting, often along the skyline drive. There are many [...]

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Geese Peace: A Strategy for Humane Co-Existance

By |March 2nd, 2015|Categories: Coexisting with Wildlife, Ideas & Tools|

Post written by Dita Beard Many citizens become frustrated when Canada Geese occupy our favorite outdoor recreation areas, especially those with bodies of water. Communities can be torn when faced with how manage citizen frustration and support wildlife. Often, lethal and other non-humane strategies are taken, but these strategies are ineffective over the long run. The problem arose because various national and local agencies resolved to save the Canada geese after overhunting and the use of decoys brought them to the brink of extinction decades ago. Unfortunately, the tactics used to bolster the population of the Canada Goose resulted in non-migrating birds hatched outside of Canada. Due to predator avoidance and nesting behaviors, they tend to seek out areas with bodies of water and plenty [...]

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Legislating the Humane Treatment of Wildlife

By |February 25th, 2015|Categories: Coexisting with Wildlife, Ideas & Tools|

Post written by James D. Brown Our need to plan for nature in our urban landscapes requires a purposeful consideration of how we, as human urban residents, can peacefully co-exist with our more wild neighbors. Some cities are considering the methods by which these interactions occur, especially how we can humanly treat wildlife that may not always be welcome.[i] Deer in Rock Creek Park by Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post One emblematic and well discussed legislative effort was undertaken by the Council of the District of Columbia in the form of its Wildlife Protection Act of 2010.[ii] The Wildlife Protection Act establishes a licensing and regulatory system for “wildlife control operators”. Previously, there were limited provisions that governed the trapping and treatment of [...]

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The Biophilic City and Wildlife

By |February 25th, 2015|Categories: Coexisting with Wildlife, Guest Blog|

Post written by John Hadidian, Senior Scientist for the Humane Society of the United States’s Wildlife Program Cities are humanity’s preferred habitat, just as rocky intertidal zones are preferred by barnacles and deciduous forests by scarlet tanagers. More than half of all humans now live within urban boundaries, while in some places -- Australia for example – as many as nine of ten do. This global rural to urban boundary was crossed only recently, but in the United States we have enjoyed an urban majority for at least a century, estimates suggesting we transited sometime in 1915. Now, eight of every ten Americans live in cities, half of us in cities of a million or more people. This is quite an accomplishment for a cultural [...]

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